Ross Brawn says that he expects his team to have a strong Italian Grand Prix, after revealing that both of his drivers will start tomorrow’s race with a one stop strategy.
The two title contenders were locked together for most of the session, with Rubens Barrichello just pipping Jenson Button into fifth position at the end of Q3.
Both drivers were encouraged by their pace, but expect to experience a difficult start to tomorrow’s race as they are surrounded by KERS cars on the grid.
Rubens Barrichello – 5th: “That was probably one of my best qualifying laps at Monza and I really enjoyed myself out there. We had the ability to be on pole today but strategically we had to consider the pace of the KERS cars off the line and so we put a lot of fuel in the car and focused on what was right for our race. I had a great lap with the fuel onboard and fifth position is the best that I could have achieved so I’m really pleased that we got everything possible out of the car. It will be interesting to see the fuel figures but I’m confident that we’re in a good position. I just love racing here so I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
Jenson Button – 6th: “I’m really happy with sixth position today. Rubens and I have been so close on lap times all weekend and he’s ended up just fifteen-hundredths ahead of me which is the difference between getting your head down on the straights. I obviously didn’t do it enough! We got the best out of the car today and it felt good on the heavy fuel load which is important because it’s not just about qualifying, you have to consider your race. It’s been a positive day and I’m confident that we can have a good race.”
Ross Brawn: “Qualifying saw an excellent performance from Rubens, Jenson and the team today to put us in a good position for the race tomorrow. Rubens and Jenson drove extremely well in Q3 with our chosen one-stop strategy to secure fifth and sixth positions and the closeness of their lap times shows that they achieved everything possible from the car. We have the majority of the KERS cars just ahead of us so provided our drivers get a good start, there is everything to play for in the race tomorrow.”